Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson are founding members of Homer's Coat - a creative collective that explores foundational literature. An actor and a director respectively, they both develop, write and edit the pieces they make together. The creative process differs according to subject matter but the lens through which they view the theatrical medium makes for unique, energetic, imaginative performative experiences. Together they created the stage piece, "An Iliad" over a period of 5 years, utilizing video, video transcriptions, improvisation, original music, and diligent research.
Most recently, Lisa and Denis completed a commission for The Court Theatre in Chicago. This play, entitled, “The Good Book” premiered in March 2015.
Their latest project is an exploration of the Roman Empire as seen through the lens of women. This one-woman show is being commissioned by The McCarter Theatre in association with Princeton University.
Denis and Lisa work collaboratively with the set designer Rachel Hauck, the lighting designer Scott Zeliski, the composer Mark Bennett and the musician Brian Ellingsen. "An Iliad" has received multiple awards including the Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago), 5 Craig Noel Awards (San Diego), Gregory Award (Seattle), Drama Desk Nomination (New York), The Obie Award (New York), and The Lucille Lortel Award (New York).
Denis O'Hare is the co-author with Lisa Peterson of the award winning Solo Performance Play, "An Iliad" (Obie, Lucille Lortel awards). Mr. O'Hare has appeared numerous times on Broadway in such pieces as "Inherit The Wind", "Sweet Charity" (Drama Desk Award), "Assassins" (Tony Nom.), "Take Me Out" (Tony, Drama Desk awards), "Major Barbara" and "Cabaret". He has also worked extensively Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in "The Devils" and "Vienna Lusthaus", at the New York Shakespeare Festival in "Into The Woods", "Helen", "Take Me Out" (Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards) at CSC in "The Spanish Play" and "Uncle Vanya" as well as at other theatres.
His regional work includes Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Remains Theatre and the McCarter Theatre. A prolific film and T.V. actor, Denis appeared in 2 seasons of "True Blood" as King Russell Edgington, on the premiere season of "American Horror Story" and as Judge Abernathy on "The Good Wife". Film work includes C.O.G., The Eagle, Changeling, Milk, Michael Clayton, A Mighty Heart, Duplicity, The Proposal, Charlie Wilson's War, and Garden State among others.
He is currently writing a new a new stage piece with Ms. Peterson entitled, "The Good Book" for The Court Theatre in Chicago. Mr. O'Hare is married to Hugo Redwood with whom he has a son. They live in Brooklyn, NY.
Lisa is the co-writer of AN ILIAD, the OBIE and Lortel Award-winning Solo Performance that she created with Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s epic poem. In addition to many classic plays, Lisa has directed the premieres of new works by Donald Margulies, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Naomi Wallace, Caryl Churchill, Janusz Glowacki, Marlane Meyer, Culture Clash, Jose Rivera and many others at theaters including NYTW (OBIE for directing LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE), Public, Vineyard, MTC, Primary Stages, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie, ATL, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Arena Stage, Geffen, Hartford Stage, Seattle Rep and many more.